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NABA Butterfly Count


The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance (formerly Citizens Watershed Monitoring Team) participates in a count of butterflies in the Gallinas watershed and parts of the Sapello watershed (called the Gallinas River Annual NABA Count).  This is part of our ongoing efforts to monitor the health of our local natural communities and involve the public in that work.

This count is organized nationally by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).  They were formed in 1992 and are, by far, the largest group of people in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico) interested in butterflies. We are a membership-based not-for-profit organization working to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies. For more information visit www.naba.org .

Three of the main goals of NABA’s Butterfly Count Program are to (1) gather data that will monitor butterfly populations, (2) give butterfliers a chance to socialize and have fun, and (3) raise public awareness by hosting events that will increase general interest in butterflies. The annual count must be scheduled in June or July and seasonal counts must occur outside those 2 months.

The first Gallinas River Annual NABA Count was in 2009 and was conducted again in 2010.  In 2011 HPWA wanted to expand the collection of butterfly data so a seasonal count was added on May 23.  This year the annual account will be held July 23.  HPWA covers as many areas of the upper Gallinas watershed as possible depending on the number of counters that are available.  All levels of “butterfliers” are welcome.  Beginners will be placed in a group with experienced butterfliers.    More information about the upcoming count will be posted at a later date. For details contact Sonya Berg at 425-6680 or ssberg@kitcarson.net.